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Miller Joins Performance Tech for Rolex 24

Joel Miller is set to join Performance Tech for the Rolex 24…

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Joel Miller is set to join the Performance Tech Motorsports driving lineup for the Rolex 24 at Daytona alongside Kyle Masson, James French, and Pato O’Ward.

The longtime Mazda factory driver tested the BAR1 Riley Mk. 30 Gibson at the Roar Before the 24 but had no deal in hand to run for the team in the Rolex 24 itself.

“I’m glad for the opportunity with Performance Tech,” Miller told Sportscar365. “I appreciated the stuff with BAR1, but that was for the Roar only.

“That was not a confirmed Rolex opportunity, so this came around and I wanted to make the best of it.

“Thanks to [BAR1 team owner] Brian [Alder], and there might be things with them down the road. I’m looking forward to helping them develop the Multimatic [Riley] throughout the course of the year.

“For the race, I’m looking forward to working with Performance Tech and happy to help on the young driver side.”

Miller’s co-drivers won the Rolex 24 last year for the Brent O’Neill-led squad in the Prototype Challenge class, and now prepare to tackle the most competitive Prototype field in recent memory.

The longtime driver coach with the Mazda Road to Indy said he’s excited to serve as a “father figure” for his young teammates for the race.

“I’ve been in their position before when I was coming up, so it will be good,” he said. “I’ve been coaching kids now for awhile.

“They’re fast. Pato and James won just about everything in PC last year, and it’s my first time working with Kyle, but he’s fast too.

“They did a great job last year, but now it’s a whole different ball game in the Prototype world.”

Ryan Myrehn is an Indianapolis-based broadcaster and reporter. In addition to his work covering primarily domestic sports car racing for Sportscar365, he is the lead announcer for SRO America's TV coverage as well as a pit reporter for IndyCar Radio. Myrehn, a graduate of DePauw University, is also the host of Sportscar365's “Double Stint” Podcast.

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